5 September 2021
Jesus is placed on trial in these verses, though it serves more as an informal and illegal proceeding. The chief priests, along with the high priest, find Jesus guilty of blasphemy, which of course would be well-founded except that Jesus actually is God Incarnate. May we all wrestle with this amazing reality: that God came in the flesh and suffered injustice and punishment for the sake of His people. And may we rejoice that He offers His grace and mercy to all who believe this!
29 August 2021
Jesus is betrayed by Judas in these verses. But we also see that the sinful weakness of the disciples leads them to flee from Jesus and sure persecution. The only remedy for both of these things is to look to the Almighty and life-giving power of God. Thankfully, Jesus endured suffering and shame so that He could deliver His people through it. May we always look to Him!
22 August 2021
Jesus takes His disciples to Gethsemane, the place of the olive press. In this garden, God shows us the power of prayer, even in the face of sorrow and death. Jesus gives us a picture of God’s faithfulness and triumph over our enemies despite being tired and weary. May we trust in this ever-faithful and powerful God.
15 August 2021
Preacher: Rev. Nathan Eldridge
Have you ever considered what it means to put on the whole armor of God? Many Christians believe that it means we have to fight for God. In other words, we have to DO something for Him, or He needs our help. When you look closely at these verses, however, the verbs selected by Paul reference simply standing in place. And in the context of Ephesians, we know that it is God working in us through Christ that enables/causes us to stand in the first place. May we look to Him for all the strength that we need to stand in Christ.
8 August 2021
Have you ever considered the life of Simon of Cyrene? We know very little about the man–he is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible. However, he is a great example of God’s sovereignty and providence at work in a person’s life. God causes him to be in exactly the right place at the right time in order that he might not only meet Jesus but also serve him in a profound way. And God is still working this way in the lives of people today.
25 July 2021
Jesus prophesies in these verses that all of His disciples would fall away from Him and ultimately deny that they knew Him. Nevertheless, He is not discouraged by this reality. He even promises that He would gather them again and lead them on His mission to save the world (v32). Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. May Jesus Christ be praised!
18 July 2021
Jesus institutes the LORD’s Supper in these verses. By so doing, He demonstrates that His life and sacrifice are the ultimate fulfillment to which the Passover looked forward. He gives His disciples a new meal to commemorate and to celebrate as His people await the consummation of His coming Kingdom. A good question to ask yourself is: does this reality make you want to sing like it did His first disciples?
11 July 2021
Jesus shares the Last Supper, the Passover, with His disciples most likely on the eve of His arrest and crucifixion. He willingly undergoes a feast-meal, even with His betrayer(s). Jesus’ great sacrifice shows us, visibly, the great love that God has for His people. Let us all come to Jesus and find forgiveness and reconciliation.
4 July 2021
Matthew 26 begins with another pronouncement by Jesus of His upcoming death and crucifixion. The Gospel then highlights the contrast between a faithful response and an evil response to this truth. Mary anoints Jesus in faithful response to His ministry to her. Judas, on the other hand, betrays Jesus in a cowardly demonstration of rejection. All of us must ask the question: is Jesus worth it? By God’s grace, may you understand that He is.
27 June 2021
Jesus promises and prophesies His returning to the earth on the judgment day at the end of the age. “The Day of the Lord”, as Scripture so often calls it, will be a time of great vindication for God’s people. He will publicly declare them righteous in the sight of all. But for the wicked (for those apart from Jesus), this day will be one of great dread and anguish. Let us all, then, flee unto Jesus while there is yet time!
20 June 2021
God gives good gifts to His people in order that we might bear fruit for His Kingdom. Jesus will come again and judge us according to our faithfulness. We must not make either of two mistakes: living in fear of that judgment and so not doing anything . . . nor can we attempt to work for God’s glory in our own power. Only in God’s power and provision can we be a blessing.
13 June 2021
In this passage, Jesus encourages all people to be watchful for His return. He will return suddenly and unexpectedly at His Second Coming. We all must be ready. Thankfully, we know that it is His Spirit who ultimately makes us willing and ready to receive our King. Come to Jesus!
6 June 2021
There are few things that raise more questions than the end of the world. When you mix into that discussion topics like judgment and rapture, then things really get interesting. Thankfully, Jesus has made this topic fairly straightforward. These verses are a gold mine of comfort and clarity for all believers in every age.
30 May 2021
1 Samuel 31 depicts the tragic death of King Saul, the first anointed king of Israel. Sadly, he did not follow God as his successor King David would. Ultimately, he was lost in shame and suffered the tragic end of suicide. Thankfully, our greater King, the Lord Jesus, will always remain faithful, even as He conquers sin and death and hell on our behalf and for our salvation.
23 May 2021
Jesus prophesies and foretells the destruction of Jerusalem that would occur in AD 70. Because of His faithful shepherding, many Christians escaped the assault and destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans. That destruction was only a type and a symbol of the persecution that Christians in every generation will face. God is faithful to guard His people and keep them safe, even through death.
16 May 2021
In these verses, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. We know that this was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans came and burned the city to the ground. Importantly, Jesus is explaining that this would not be the end of religion. God’s people are always to take hope and to take heart because Jesus reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Wars and rumors or wars and famines and earthquakes cannot stop King Jesus. Praise His name!
9 May 2021
Jesus gives His last powerful and stern warning to the scribes and Pharisees in this seventh woe. He underscores how their rebellion against His person and work is the same as the rebellion of God’s people in the Old Testament. Both have rejected God’s Word as He so graciously revealed it to us. May we never do the same. May we always come to Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, and may He grant us life in His Spirit.
2 May 2021
Jesus explains the difference between Pharisaic religion (Judaism) and the Gospel of His grace. The religion of the Jews (at least those misguided by the scribes and Pharisees) was one of works. And because no man can be perfect, they were even hypocritical in how they upheld that religion. Only in the Gospel does Jesus free us by His grace and by His righteousness actually to serve God in sincerity. We will never be perfect in this life, but we can be saved.